The science behind reiki

light bulbsWe often think of modern science the authority on all things ‘real’. However, more and more we are finding that science is really just ‘catching up’ with therapies that have been in existence for thousands of years.


There is increasing scientific evidence for the validity of Reiki. The following is a condensed version of an article from the CRA January, 2005 newsletter about an independent scientific research conducted during the 1980’s by Dr. Robert Becker and Dr. John Zimmerman.

  • The research investigated what happens to people who practice therapies like Reiki
  • Research found the brainwave patterns of the practitioner and client synchronize in the *alpha state
  • They pulse in unison with the earth’s magnetic field called Schuman Resonance
  • The biomagnetic field of the practitioner increases 1000 times greater than normal
  • Research believes the link of energy fields between the practitioner and earth allows the practitioner to draw on the “infinite energy source” or “universal energy field” via Schuman Resonance
  • The pulses in the practitioner’s hands are the same frequencies as brainwaves and sweep up and down from 0.3 to 30 Hz, focusing mostly in 7 to 8 Hz alpha state
  • Research has discovered that this frequency range stimulates healing with specific frequencies suitable for different tissues

*Hz Frequency

Healing Process

2 Hz

nerve regeneration

7 Hz

bone growth

10 Hz

ligament mending

15 Hz

capillary formation

  • Physiotherapy equipment is based on these principles
  • Brainwaves travel throughout the body and during treatment these waves begin as weak pulses in the *thalamus of the practitioner’s brain, then gather cumulative strength as they flow to the peripheral nerves of the body including the hands
  • Both practitioner and client receive benefits from a Reiki treatment

Note: *Alpha state – an altered state of consciousness where the brainwave pattern measures from 12.39 to 9.9 Hz. – the alpha state is the start of meditation (Note: a normal state of consciousness is called Low Beta and measures from 15.99 to 14.5 Hz)

*Hz – is a measurement of electrical brainwave impulse where 1 unit of frequency in Hertz equals one cycle every second (E.g. 10 cycles per second is 10 Hz)

*Thalamus – is a large dual-lobed mass of grey matter located at the top of the brainstem and its function is for motor control, receiving auditory/visual signals and relaying the signals to the brain cortex

Of course, you do not need to know any of this to use Reiki, or to experience it’s healing power in your life. Still, it’s good to know.

Further Information

To see the effects of Reiki on the human energy field (aura) under scientific conditions, watch this video.





About the Author

My name is Belinda, and I am the founder and principal of Reiki Pets. I’m so glad you found me, because I know from experience the difference Reiki has made in my life, and in the lives of many others. It could make a huge difference in your life, too, and in your beloved pet’s life, and I’d love this for you. I’ve been practicing Reiki for 17 years, and I honestly couldn’t imagine life without it–Reiki has been that good for me. I dedicate myself to the practice and teaching of Reiki, and commit myself to the wellbeing of those wonderful clients I work with. I’m also a writer, and have published many articles in the health and wellbeing field for many Australian and overseas publications. I manage several websites including, and and Facebook communities including Cats Remembered Forever, Dogs Remembered Forever, Karma Life Love and Reiki Pets, where people just like you and me can go to share, grieve, and remember together.

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